Brandman University

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Brandman University

1958 as the Residence Education Center Program at Chapman University

Renamed Brandman University in 2009.[1]
Type Private
Chairman David A. Janes
Chancellor Gary Brahm [2]
Board Secretary James Roszak
Academic staff 1575 (full-time and part-time)[2]
Admin. staff 380
Students Approximately 10,000 annually[2]
Undergraduates Approximately 4,000 annually
Postgraduates Approximately 6,000 annually
Location Irvine, California, US
Campus Multiple Campuses (26 in California and Washington + online)[2]
Former names Chapman University College
Chapman College Residence Education Center Program
Colors Maroon & Gold          
Affiliations Regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC) and by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).[2]
Brandman Faculty and Staff, Irvine, CA

Brandman University is a non-profit regionally accredited private institution that provides educational opportunities for working adults. There are 26 campuses throughout California and Washington, and a virtual campus online. The university offers more than 200 degree, certificate, credential and professional programs in business, arts and sciences, health and education.[3]

Brandman is a separate, fully accredited university within the Chapman University System.[4] Gary Brahm is the appointed Chancellor of Brandman University. He previously spent 14 years as Executive Vice President and CFO at Chapman University.[5][6][7]


Mayor Larry Agran, Irvine, Chancellor Brahm, Joyce Brandman and President Doti of Chapman.

Chapman University established the Residence Education Center Program, to meet the educational needs of military personnel in 1958. It was later named Chapman University College, at the nearby Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. Chapman University College became Brandman University in 2008.[8][9]


Brandman is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)[10] and a member of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).[11] Additionally, the School of Nursing and Health Professions follows the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) standards and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).[10] Teacher training programs offered through the School of Education are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).[12]


Chapman University College and Brandman University Commencement, Class of 2010

Military students[edit]

Brandman is a “Military-Friendly School” according to G.I. Jobs Magazine and[13] and a Yellow Ribbon School.[14] Brandman University offers reduced tuition rates for active military, their spouses and dependents. Brandman has campuses on military bases at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor,[15] Naval Air Station Lemoore,[16] Joint Base Lewis-McChord,[17] Travis Air Force Base,[18] and the Navy Campus Education Center at the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.[19]

Brandman also offers a Veterans2College program (V2C) that serves military personnel, their spouses and veterans.[20] A $2.1 million gift from the Brandman Foundation helped to fund this program.[21] According to a press release from Brandman, the "V2C focuses on increasing accessibility of quality educational opportunities to veterans by offering specially designed courses, student support and networking facilities that will develop academic, social and career skills supporting the completion of college degrees and future job placements."[20] The program was developed in collaboration with the University of Arizona based on their VETS program.[22]

California firefighters[edit]

In January 2011, Brandman University partnered with the California State Firefighters Association (CSFA) to offer a bachelors of arts in applied studies (BAAS) for California’s firefighting community.[23][24] The program was designed in cooperation with CSFA, California Fire Chiefs Association, Orange County Fire Authority, Santa Ana College and other organizations. The program is offered at 23 Brandman University locations throughout the state of California and online.[25]


Brandman offers a curriculum model known as iDEAL (Instructional Design for Engaged Adult Learning.)[26] According to a study by the Lumina Foundation, iDEAL addresses both the flexibility and learning methodology preferred by adult learners.[27] iDEAL combines traditional classroom instruction with e-learning activities.[28]

Academic programs[edit]

The university offers degree programs through four schools: The School of Nursing and Health Professions; School of Education; School of Business and Professional Studies; and School of Arts and Sciences. Through its Extended Education department, the university offers certificate and credential programs, leadership seminars and professional development and credentialing for California’s K-12 teachers.[26]

School of Nursing and Health Professions[edit]

The Brandman University School of Nursing and Health Professions was established in 2009 and welcomed its first cohort of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students in the Fall of 2010. The school is headed by Dean Renee P. McLeod PhD, APRN-BC, CPNP.[29] McLeod was a pediatric nurse practitioner for over 30 years, past president of NAPNAP and former director of the Office of Transformational Technologies and Organizations and Director of Graduate Education and Advanced Practice Programs in the College of Nursing & Healthcare Innovation at Arizona State University.[30]

In addition to offering the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Health Administration (MHA) and the Master of Science in Health Risk and Crisis Communication (MS-HRCC) degree programs,[31] Brandman was the first university in Orange County, California to offer a DNP degree in five specialty areas:[32]

  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Acute Care (PNP-AC)
  • Family Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP)
  • Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)
  • Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP)

School of Education[edit]

Brandman is the second largest among California private universities in granting multiple, single and special education credentials. The school offers credential and master’s degree programs, and has partnerships with school districts and colleges across the state of California.[3]

The school’s faculty includes:

  • Associate Dean Patricia Clark-White, Ed.D.,[33] a former superintendent of three California school districts and published author of The Politically Intelligent Leader: Dealing with the Dilemmas of a High Stakes Educational Environment. [34]
  • Director of the Center for Instructional Innovation, Kimberly Greene, Ed.D., author of a series of young adult novels for pre-teen girls,[35] and formerly Director of Education for Knowledge Kids Network with Michael Milken.[36]
  • Associate Dean of Special Education, School Psychology and Counseling, Lynn Larsen, Ph.D., coach of the Riverside Unified School District’s Odyssey of the Mind team, which won the California State Championship for the second consecutive year and which will compete in the world finals.[37]

School of Business and Professional Studies[edit]

Program rankings[edit]

The School of Business and Professional Studies offers the following degree programs: Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA), Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL), Master of Science in Human Resources (MSHR) and Master of Public Administration (MPA).[38] Brandman’s online Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) program was one of fourteen named to the Honor Roll in the first-ever edition of Top Online Education Program rankings by U.S. News & World Report.[39] Brandman University is the only institution in California to receive this distinction. In addition, Brandman’s School of Education earned the number ten spot among Faculty Credentials and Training for online graduate programs in Education.[40] However, Brandman's School of Business is not AACSB-accredited.

Premier Partnership Program[edit]

Brandman University recently started its Premier Partnership Program, a Masters in Business Administration degree (MBA) scholarship program developed to stimulate education and economic well being in our local community. The participating organizations include ABM Engineering Services, Allergan, Inc., AltaMed Health Services Corporation, Blizzard Entertainment Inc., Cox Communications, Kawasaki Motor Corp. U.S.A., Kia Motors America, Inc., Oakley, Inc., and Pacific Clinics. Each company selected scholarship recipients from among their employees.[41] Students enrolled in the Premier Partnership Program engage in Brandman’s practice oriented curriculum called iDEAL, a blended format of online and on campus classes. Classes meet weekly and virtual teamwork reinforces classroom instruction with online MBA programming. The students can literally apply the theories they learn on a Monday evening the very next day at work.[40]

The school’s faculty includes[edit]

  • Glenn Worthington, Ed.D., dean of the business school, is a retired colonel from the U.S. Army Reserve with 37 years of active and reserve service. Dr. Worthington is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and is a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in Saudi Arabia and Iraq during Desert Storm. He has been on the Chapman and Brandman faculty for over 15 years and earned “Faculty of the Year” from the Chapman Alumni Association.[42]

The School of Arts and Sciences[edit]

The School of Arts and Sciences offers degree programs in psychology, social sciences, sociology, liberal studies, legal studies, criminal justice and early childhood development. Arts and Sciences also offers a Bachelor of Applied Studies program, which allows students to design their own curriculum.

The school's faculty includes:

  • Pamela Monaco, Ph.D., founding dean of Brandman’s School of Arts and Sciences, member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Academic Deans.[43]

Extended Education[edit]

Extended Education or “ExEd” provides workshops, seminars, certificate programs and programming. Students take a single class through Extended Education, earn a certificate, or take classes prior to enrolling in a degree program that can lead to certification and academic credit.[44]

The school's faculty includes:

  • Nancy Salzman, Dean of Extended Education[45]


The university has more than 100,000 alumni primarily working in Education, Business and Leadership positions. Distinguished alumni include local and regional Teachers of the Year, a Fulbright Scholar, state and congressional representatives and high-ranking military officers.[46]

  • Chauncey Veatch – 2002 Teacher of the Year[47]
  • Cindy Smith – Recipient of the 2011 PublicCEO Service to California Award[48]
  • Janice Voshall – Recipient of the 2011 PublicCEO Service to California Award[48]


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